What is whistle-blowing
Whistle-blowing is an anonymous or disclosed identity reporting methodology applied by many organisations in support of enhanced Corporate Governance practices through incident reporting or dialogue. Whistleblowing is also considered to be the most common method of incident/fraud detection in the workplace if applied correctly.
Any whistle-blowing mechanism should be used responsibly and with good intent. In preparation of such an incident report, the reporting person should attempt to gather as much as possible information before reporting the matter, but without exposing himself to the implicated parties or any form of risk. If it is not possible to obtain documentation and/or additional information, then leave it up to those tasked to investigate or assess the incident - only provide what you can safely obtain.
Report on known information or allegations, and do not form your own opinions in advance, let the investigative, or assessment process evidence the facts. Be objective when reporting incidents, and do not form personal expectations.
Hearsay information may also be included in the report, but point it out as such. For such reports, additional information and evidence will need to be obtained by the person tasked to assess and/or investigate.
What can I report
The incident reporting platform may be used to report any of the following within your organisation, or another organisation with whom you do business. These incidents may relate to past and present unethical/inappropriate practices, i.e. had been committed, is being committed, or is likely to be committed in the future:
- Any form of non-compliance with practices, policies, and procedures;
- Any non-compliance with the company code of conduct / ethics;
- Breach or non-compliance with any Country regulations, laws and by-laws;
- Any form of criminality;
- Bribery & Corruption;
- Any form of prescribed misconduct within an organisation;
- Any form of unethical practice/behaviors;
- Any morally inappropriate behaviours in the workplace;
- Environmental, health and safety breaches;
- Miscarriage of justice;
- Unfair labour practices;
- Discriminatory behaviour;
- Any other unethical, or immoral acts or behaviours not mentioned; and/or
- The concealment of any behaviour or unethical practice listed above.